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Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 Clusters

Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 Clusters

The Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 (VEGPSP-Stage 2) was part of the Australian Government’s Values Education program (2004–2008). The program was designed to foster and support improved values education practice in Australian schools. The program supports the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, which has been endorsed by all Australian Education Ministers.

The VEGPSP-Stage 2 builds on the work of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 1 and involved the funding of 25 clusters of schools to design, implement and evaluate quality projects in values education. The projects had clear objectives, processes and intended outcomes that reflected the adoption and utilisation of the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, with particular emphasis in Stage 2 on:

  • integrating values education in teaching programs in or across key learning areas (KLAs) and in schools’ mission/ethos
  • exploring values education in intercultural and global contexts
  • explicit values education classroom practices that develop student social skills (by developing student responsibility in intercultural, local, national and global contexts and building student resilience).


This project was managed by Education Services Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

Successful clusters and final reports

On 10 August, 2006 the Australian Government approved the selection of 25 successful clusters to participate in the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2. The successful cluster projects appear below with the name of the lead school in bold. For a more detailed description of the projects select the name of the cluster.

The outcomes and learnings from these 25 cluster projects have been disseminated to the wider education community to foster better values education practice in all Australian schools.

The Final Report of Stage 2, At the Heart of What We Do: Values Education at the Centre of Schooling – The Final Report of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2, with an executive summary, is available on the website.

An extract from the Final Report about each school may be accessed from the links below.

State/Territory and Sector


Lanyon Cluster of Schools

Lanyon High School with (Charles Conder, Gordon, Tharwa, and Bonython Primary Schools, Birrigai Outdoor School)

A Multiliteracies Approach to Values Education

Airds – Bradbury Cluster

Airds High School (with Bradbury, Briar Road, John Warby, and Woodland Road Public Schools) 

My Happiness … My Voice – Many Voices … One Community

Griffith Primary and Secondary Schools Cluster

Griffith Public School (with Griffith, and Wade High Schools, Kalinda School, Griffith East, Griffith North, and Hanwood Public Schools)  

Values in Action 

Merrylands – Guildford Cluster

Merrylands High School (with Sherwood Grange, Merrylands East, Merrylands, Guildford West, Hilltop Road, and Guildford Public Schools)   

Creating Connections in Diverse Communities


Shire 4 Values Cluster

Gymea Technology High School (with Engadine, Heathcote, and The Jannali High Schools) 

Building Cultural Bridges 

Government: 4
Independent: 3  

Unity in Diversity in South Western Sydney Cluster

Malek Fahd Islamic School (with Cronulla South, and Punchbowl Public Schools, Punchbowl Boys, and Caringbah High Schools, Arkana College, Noor Al Houda Islamic College) 

Building Cultural Bridges


Values Newcastle Cluster

Wallsend South Public School (with Merewether Heights, Hamilton North, Fennell Bay, Booragul, Speers Point, Jesmond, Kahibah, and Mayfield West Public Schools)

Explicitly Teaching Values in Newcastle Government Primary Schools


WestPEERS Cluster

St Joseph's School, Grenfell (with St Mary's, and St Francis Xavier Primary Schools, St Mary's War Memorial School, St Joseph's School - Boorowa) 

Linking Values Education to Peer Support and Storyfest

Government: 5 Independent: 1

Cross Borders Values Cluster

Victor Harbor Primary School (with Birdwood High School, Mataranka, and Spearwood Primary Schools, Chrysalis Montessori School) 

Online Environments Creating Sustainable Schools through Values Education
Government: 3 Independent: 1 
Ferny Grove Cluster

Samford State School (with Prince of Peace Lutheran Primary School, Patricks Road, and Grovely State Schools) 

Growing People, Changing Communities


Oxenford Cluster

Oxenford State School (with Upper Coomera State College, Biggera Waters, Gaven, and Arundel State Schools)  

Philosophy in the Classroom and Beyond 

Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre Cluster

Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre (Brookfield, Upper Brookfield, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket, Kenmore South, Pullenvale, Greenbank, and Middle Park State Schools)  

Storythread: a Transformative Tool for Delivering Quality Values Education

Toowoomba North Cluster

Toowoomba State High School, Wilsonton Campus (with Harlaxton, and Wilsonton State Schools) 

Values Alignment Project 

Sustainable Values - Townsville Cluster

Townsville Central State School (with Magnetic Island, Garbutt, Oonoonba, Townsville West, Rasmussen, and Railway Estate State Schools, Townsville, and Thuringowa State High Schools)  

Values in a Sustainable World 

E Schools - Yorke Peninsula Cluster

Port Vincent Primary School (with Stansbury, and Edithburgh Primary Schools) 

Creating Futures through Values and Sustainability 

Edmund Rice Ministries Cluster

Rostrevor College (with Christian Brothers, and St Paul's Colleges) 

Engaging Youth and Promoting Values: An Integrated Service-Learning Approach 
Government: 4 Catholic: 1 

Sea and Vales Cluster

Seaford 6-12 School (with Noarlunga, Seaford Rise, and Moana Primary Schools, and All Saints Catholic Primary School) 

Making a Difference: Living Our Values in Local, National and Global Contexts


The Broader Horizons Cluster

Ridgley Primary School (with Cooee, and Waratah Primary Schools) 

Expanding Horizons 

Darebin Schools Network Cluster

Preston North East Primary School (with Reservoir East, Bell, Preston East, Preston South, Burbank, Keon Park, and Ruthven Primary Schools, Reservoir District, and Northland Secondary Colleges) 

Engaging Students in Values Education: a Student Action Teams Approach to Making Values Explicit


Students for the Biosphere Cluster

Dromana Secondary College (with Mount Martha, Somers, Balnarring, and Dromana Primary Schools, Red Hill Consolidated School, Peninsula Special Developmental School, Somers School Camp) 

Considering Self, Others and the Local and Global Environment
Government: 3 Catholic: 1 

Dunmunkle Cluster

Murtoa College (with Rupanyup, and Minyip Primary Schools, Our Lady Help of Christians School) 

The Ripple Effect  of Values Education

Manningham Catholic Primary Schools Cluster

St Charles Borromeo Primary School (with St Kevin’s, Sts Peter & Paul, St Gregory the Great, Our Lady of the Pines, and St Clement of Rome Schools)    

Listening to the Student Voice in Improving Teaching, Learning and School Culture in Values Education 
Government: 1 Catholic:2
Independent: 2 

Melbourne Interfaith and Intercultural Cluster

St Monica's College (with Thornbury High School, The King David School, King Khalid Islamic College of Victoria (Inc), Siena College) 

Socratic Circles: Many Cultures; One Community 
Distance Education Schools in Western Australia Cluster

Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (with Cosmo Newberry Remote Community School, Shark Bay, and Cue Primary Schools, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, and Kimberley Schools Of The Air, Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School) 

Values at a Distance: Embedding Values in Key Learning Areas


Eastern Goldfields Cluster

Eastern Goldfields College (with South Kalgoorlie Primary School) 

Attributes of an Aussie

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